Downtown, Toronto & Calgary
Studio Lagree is, like, a big deal. Any fitness studio regular has heard of or (more likely) been to and subsequently become obsessed with, Lagree. The workout is a hybrid of HITT and pilates, with the entire class done on an oversized megareformer pilates machine. Despite the fact this is a Pilates studio, the vibe is hardcore and the sweat is real. The class focuses on toning and lengthening your muscles to build a lean physique and don't be surprised that, even with the lack of cardio and high intensity, how tough that road is. The class killed us, and there's no doubt you'll feel a burn you didn't think Pilates could dish up.
We all know Los Angeles is THE leader in setting health and fitness trends, and we all know the City of Angels has an endless selection of boutique fitness studios to choose from - and they're all amazing. But this week guest writer and founder of Nourish Sweat Soul Laura Berg, wades past the most popular and tells us where the locals really go to sweat it out.
Pure Yoga first caught our eye with their very cool, very inclusive company ethos. They want to share their passion for yoga with every body, shape, size, age, and status; employed, or between jobs, student, or retiree, single or divorcee, mother, father, grandparent – you get the idea. LOVE that. The space itself is premium and vibrant, and the hot yoga classes were challenging and actually FUN - which is not usually the first adjective I'd use to describe a yoga class.
Coming up on their two year anniversary, MOVE fitness club stands out from other Toronto boutique gyms in a big way. This beautiful group and personal training gym is created for women exclusively and they've thought of everything that women want. Smoothie bar, nutritionist services, child minding, high-end products, sauna, plus way more all in a non-judgey and ACTUALLY supportive environment?! YAS please!
Champs Boxing Studio is a relatively new player in Edmonton’s fitness scene, and definitely knows what’s up. We'll say this; it was nerve-wracking going into our first ever boxing class - but this studio and their staff are ready to make you feel comfortable, not to mention kinda badass. The space is modern and cool, from the boxing room, to the ring in the middle of the studio and the instructors enthusiastically teach anyone how to wrap up and throw a punch. We definitely had more fun than we expected, and dare I say we felt like… champions?
After a long day at the office, a forgotten lunch, a missed coffee break, a bad hair day, or an unnecessary disagreement with le boyfriend, I’m ready to boost those endorphins and blow off a lot of little steam. So, while relying on my good friend Cabernet Sauvignon seems like an exceptionally great idea, instead I’ve met myself a “Bob” .
If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. That's 6ix Cycle's motto, and we are so totally into it. We've now taken classes from owner Julie Harrish and one of their main men, Adam Deunk, and holy yellow penguins did these guys live there motto. The studio is clean, fresh and just as approachable for men as it is for women and they've got you covered for everything you need. Worth a trip, homies. worth a trip.
Our sweaty efforts brought us to the largest spin establishment across the country, SPINCO. These guys, who first opened in beautiful Kelowna in 2014, have since expanded to eight cities from coast to coast and have a particularly interesting expansion model in that they specialise in the smaller markets (with the exception of Toronto). The vibes at SPINCO are similar to a lot of other spin studios we see now, but we assess who was really here first. The classes we took at their Spadina studio were challenging, the facilities are flawless, and these guys draw a loyal crowd that call SPINCO their fav in a city with many many options.